5 Destinations With Updated COVID Protocol
Are you ready for some time at the beach? These 5 destinations with updated COVID protocols might just make it easier for you to get away! We are sharing the updated protocols with you along with some tips on traveling to each destination. Which of these beautiful beachy, locations would you like to visit the most?
*Please note: This information is accurate as of the time of posting. Always reconfirm travel protocols with the CDC and the US Embassy websites for your destination.
Aruba recently eased back on entry requirements. As of February 3rd, visitors may choose between one of two options: proof of negative test prior to entry or a verifiable QR code showing proof of vaccination. A booster within 7 days is required for most travelers.
What to do in Aruba: If you enjoy animals, we have something unique for you! Take a 2.5 horseback riding tour with a stop at a natural pool to cool off! At check-in you will be matched with a horse based on your skills and experience with horses. Then off you go! The Natural Pool Horseback tours start around $118 per person.
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Australia has plans to reopen to fully vaccinated travelers on February 21st. While Australia has opened for limited travelers to specific destinations within the country, this is the first time since March 2020 the country will be open for all vaccinated travelers. They’ve even created a travel promo video to encourage tourism again.
What to do In Australia: The name might not be appealing, but Misery Beach in Western Australia wins the 2022 awad for “Australia’s Best Beach.” Misery Beach gets its name from its long, bloody history with pirates and convicts. This quiet and very secluded beach is tucked away near the town of Albany. It may be a while before international visitors can get here however. Albany has had zero cases of COVID in the past two years, and this is partly due to the secluded nature of the area. The mayor Dennis Wellington, intends to keep it that way for the time being.
Ready to visit the beautiful island of Bermuda? Bermuda is also one of the many destinations with updated COVID protocol. Beginning on March 7th, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to take a PCR test upon arrival. Additionally, the Bermuda Tourism Authority seeks to make travel easier by automatically scheduling testing at the end of your trip for travelers whose country requires this for reentry.
What to do in Bermuda: The Crystal Caves of Bermuda are an absolutely breathtaking natural wonder. Take a peek at this video tour and you’ll see why. This underground wonderland was discovered in 1901 by none other than two young boys looking for a lost cricket ball. We bet they soon forgot about the ball when they stumbled upon this discovery!
4. New Zealand
New Zealand has just announced a phased re-opening of the country to foreign travelers. Fully vaccinated American tourists will be welcomed once again in July. All travelers must receive a negative PCR prior to travel and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. New Zealand has had some of the strictest COVID protocols the past two years and will be rolling out these relaxed measures very slowly.
What to do in New Zealand: So much to do in New Zealand; so much we’ve missed! If you’d love to visit this beautiful country, it would be worth your while to make a long stay of it, especially if the quarantine requirement stays in place for a long time. New Zealand is for adrenaline junkies, beach-lovers, and film buffs alike.
5. Puerto Rico
With COVID case numbers dropping rapidly in Puerto Rico, Governor Pedro Pierluisi relaxed protocols for entry on February 2nd. Now, vaccinated travelers are no longer required to provide proof of a negative test (booster shots are not required). Unvaccinated travelers may enter with proof of a negative test for the past 48 hours and no longer need to quarantine for 7 days.
What to do in Puerto Rico: A food tour? Yes please! This gastro-tour gives you both a taste of authentic Puerto Rican cuisine along with 500 year old French and Spanish architecture. This walking tour takes you through Old San Juan’s oldest neighborhoods, sampling bites such as sofrito, plantains, rice and beans, rum, and dessert.